Shock exit of reigning world champion

Another local hero, Matchu Lopes, had to pull out all the stops to beat Charly Martin, the young Reunion Islander who traded blows with the Spaniard. But a stunning 9.0 wave by Lopes was enough to end Martin’s dreams.

In front of home fans crowding the beach Cape Verde’s Mitu Monteiro launched his own assault. Two incredible wave scores took his heat total to 18.04. It was enough to end the run of his friend and countryman, Titik Lopes.

“It was so nice to be out there with Titik Lopes,” said Montiero. “I was just having so much fun. He’s such a good friend of mine. Everyone here supports me. It’s a bit of pressure, but I just do my best.”

Brazil’s Sebastian Ribeiro was ruthless in his heat against Yaris Dellomo (ITA). Two wave scores that took him to 16.80, put the Italian out of the competition.

The competition is set to move to the quarter finals stage for the men and women on Sunday, with hope of completing both finals. Stay tuned for all the action.